Gonadotrophin secretion and ovarian responses in prepubertal heifers actively immunized against androstenedione and oestradiol-17 beta

Journal of Reproduction and Fertility
M J D'OcchioB P Setchell


Groups of heifer calves received a primary immunization against androstenedione (Group A; N = 11) or oestradiol-17 beta (Group E; N = 10) at 3 months of age and booster injections on 5 occasions at 2- to 3-month intervals. Controls (Group C, N = 11) were immunized against human serum albumin alone using the same protocol. Immunity was achieved against both steroids as judged by the secondary antisteroid antibody titres in Group A (1126 +/- 261; reciprocal of titre) and Group E (10,357 +/- 4067) heifers. In Groups A and E there was a general decline in the respective peak antibody titres after successive booster injections. From 3 to 9 months of age mean plasma concentrations of LH were higher (P less than 0.05) in Group E heifers (0.89 +/- 0.08 ng/ml) than in Group C (0.46 +/- 0.03 ng/ml) and Group A (0.59 +/- 0.05 ng/ml) heifers which did not differ from one another. There were no differences between groups in plasma FSH concentrations. At 10 months of age the LH response to exogenous LHRH was of higher (P less than 0.05) amplitude for heifers in Group E (2.59 +/- 0.56 ng/ml) than for those in Groups C (0.61 +/- 0.07 ng/ml) and A (1.04 +/- 0.22 ng/ml). Elevated plasma progesterone concentrations at 5 months of age were shown b...Continue Reading


Jul 24, 2004·Animal Reproduction Science·H Abeygunawardena, C M B Dematawewa
Jun 1, 1995·The American Journal of Physiology·M N SillenceB C Thomson

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